Japanese Mission to Burkina Faso’s UNHCR Operations
UNHCR Burkina Faso received a Japanese Mission from the 10 to 14 November, 2012. The visit, which was spearheaded by Mr. Takeshi Moriyama, Senior Donor Relations Officer in Geneva (who also took part in the visit) included:
o Ms. Satoko Toku, First Secretary of the Political Affairs Division of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International in Geneva.
o Mr. Hiroyuki Maegawa, Asahi Shimbun (Japanese Newspaper) Foreign Correspondent
Ms. Toku, who is the focal point in the Permanent Mission of Japan for UNHCR activities, visited UNHCR’s operations in Burkina Faso in order to:
1) Understand the challenges the operations is facing and
2) Raise visibility of the Mali Situation to the Government of Japan as well as to the international community.
Ms. Toku visited the two new refugee sites towards which refugees are currently being re-located: Sag-nioniogo (on the outskirts of Ouagadougou) and Goudebou (on the outskirts of Dori) during which they spoke to the Refugee Committees and Women’s Committees there. During their visit to Goudebou, they also saw up close the arrival of a re-location convoy and could interact with recent refugee arrivals. The visitors also had the opportunity of seeing a Registration Level II Exercise (in Community Center in Zone du Bois, Ouagadougou). Ms. Toku also met with the Diplomatic community based in Ouagadougou (French and American Embassy), UNHCR Partners in Burkina Faso (OCHA, OCADES/Caritas, Plan Burkina, MDM France, MSF France, HELP, Oxfam, Ordre de Malte, CREDO, CRS, IEDA Relief, Croix Rouge du Burkina Faso, UNICEF, WFP and TDH) and local authorities CONAREF’s National Coordinator and the Sahel Governor.
During her visit, Ms. Satoko Toku took great interest in the activities related to resilience promotion as well as to Contingency Planning. She also stated that she was very impressed by the good team spirit in UNHCR Burkina Faso, the good collaboration among UN Agencies on the ground as well as the fact that refugees were very thankful to the host communities, the Burkina Faso Government and the UNHCR.
By Hugo Reichenberger (External Relations) on 19 November, 2013, Ouagadougou